Neighborhood Planning 

Willets Point

Queens | New York | USA

PROJECT AREA: 62 acres
PROJECT SCOPE: master plan, design guidelines, zoning
PROJECT STATUS: completed 2010
CLIENT: New York City Economic Development Corporation
this project was undertaken as urban design associate at Beyer Blinder Belle



The City of New York envisions a vibrant and environmentally sustainable new community at Willets Point, Queens, that leverages the presence of Citi Field stadium to become an exciting retail and entertainment destination district. The plan for the mixed-use neighborhood consists of three basic subdistricts: a retail/entertainment core that also includes housing, hospitality and other uses; a residential community focused around a neighborhood park; and a convention center.
There are three gateways into the site that include transit, pedestrian and vehicular options. An iconic public open space, the “Nexus Plaza” is the major point of arrival and access to the interior of the site. A hub for a dynamic mix of day and nighttime activities, it is defined by innovative architecture and public space design. A second major open space, the Neighborhood Park, provides a contrastively quiet neighborhood green space for residents, and is the location of a proposed K-8 school and community center.
Environmentally sustainable practices will be integrated with building design, landscape, and site infrastructure to include stormwater management, ecological restoration, and site remediation strategies.